As Minnesota's world-class system of trails continues to grow, more and more communities are being connected to each other and to our state park system. In southern Minnesota, a spectacular new loop trail is rapidly becoming a reality. We recently asked one of the trail's leading advocates, Jeff St. Mane, to give us a quick update on the trail.
By Tim Farrell
Mother Nature is tantalizing us with hints of spring - longer days and dry ground that invite long walks and early bike rides - but then she reminds us with another blast of winter that she is still in charge. Of course my friends who operate ski facilities and who revel in winter sports want to have a full Minnesota winter.
Minnesota's parks, trails and other assorted wild outdoor places have long been celebrated as part of our state's Great Outdoor heritage. On Wednesday, April 8, 2009, at the Town & Country Club in St. Paul, world renowned polar explorer Ann Bancroft will help us celebrate this heritage and honor the extraordinary work of outdoorswoman and conservationist Eleanor Winston, who will be presented with the Parks & Trails Council's highest honor – the prestigious Reuel Harmon Award.
The Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment approved by Minnesota voters Nov. 4, 2008, amends the state Constitution to increase the state sales tax by three-eighths of 1 percent for the next 25 years. It also creates a dedicated Park and Trail Fund that will receive 14.25 percent of those proceeds (approximately $39 million in fiscal year 2010-2011) to be invested in parks and trails of regional or statewide significance.